With the unveiling of three models, Chevrolet had plenty going on at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and none of them happened to be this. For those that don’t know, the mighty Corvette is turning 60 years old, and will celebrate the occasion by offering a 60th Anniversary Package on all 2013 models. It will go great with the Centennial Edition model parked in Jay Leno’s garage. But if he’s going to buy the 60th Anniversary Corvette, he’s gotta make sure it’s featured on the limited edition Corvette 427 Convertible.
Judging by the numerical designation, you probably already guessed what makes the Corvette 427 Convertible special: a thunderous naturally aspirated LS7 V8 engine as seen in the the Z06. That gives the 427 Convertible 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful Corvette convertible ever. Give it enough room to run, and it will pass 60 mph in 3.8 seconds . . . → Read More: Chevrolet Prepares Launch Of Limited-Run 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible
Race on Sunday, sell on Monday. Since 2007, Chevrolet has consecutively used the Impala moniker to represent the brand in NASCAR. Over the same period of time, the Impala has dominated the series, taking the checkered flag 79 times. Chevrolet drivers have also won five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers’ Championships, and Jimmie Johnson (4) and Tony Stewart (1) have collected five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver’s championships in the Impala. However, change is on the horizon, and Chevrolet has officially announced that it will retire the Impala name from NASCAR by the 2013 season. In its place will be a new nameplate, that will run alongside an all-new production model in the Chevrolet lineup.
Chevy will also be taking advantage of the new NASCAR rules, which allow manufacturers to display more of their brand identity in their racecars, the new Chevrolet racecar will closely resemble the production version. The brand has stated that both . . . → Read More: Chevrolet To Retire Impala Name From NASCAR, Replace It With Mysterious All-New Vehicle
When the all-new Chevrolet Malibu launched this year, it was available in only the Eco package. This meant that consumers could only purchase the 37 mpg highway eAssist-equipped model, with a $25,995 starting price.
As the summer approaches, however, buyers will have two fresh engine options to choose from in the Malibu as it introduces a pair of all-new powertrains. First is the 2.5L Ecotec engine, which has been rated at an SAE-certified 197 horsepower (147 kW) and 191 lb.-ft. of torque (259 Nm). Chevy claims it’s the most powerful naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine in the segment, but hasn’t announced a fuel economy rating just yet. Regardless, the 2.5L will be the base engine for the new ‘Bu, and is expected to shave a couple grand off the car’s base price, making the all-new midsized sedan more accessible.
For those interested in a peppier drive should be on the lookout for the Malibu’s all-new . . . → Read More: Upcoming Power-Dense Engines Will Add More Appeal To 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
Subcompact cars are rarely known for their refinement, or their driving prowess. They are rarely adventurous in design, and tend to be a tight fit inside. But can these stereotypes hold true with Chevy’s all-new subcompact? With the car’s distinct design, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is definitely worth a look.
The 2012 Chevy Sonic starts at $13,865 and will come in sedan form. For those looking for more practicality, there’s the 5-door hatchback model, such as our tester. In range-topping LTZ form, our loaded 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ hatch came in at under $20,000. Major options included the $850 power sunroof, and the $700 upgrade to the turbocharged 1.4L Ecotec engine with 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque sent to the front wheels via a M32 six-speed manual transmission, though an automatic can also be selected. It’s also assembled in GM’s Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan, making it the smallest vehicle . . . → Read More: Tested: The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo 5Door Hatchback
When it comes to the allure of the middle-class midsize sedan segment, the first thing most people think about is what shade of beige they want to drive. Seriously. When was the last time somebody bragged about the handling prowess of their Toyota Camry? Or the sophisticated technologies of the Nissan Altima? Or how about the amazing power of the Ford Fusion? Never. Face it, people buy these cars like they buy microwave ovens. This is a market dominated by the essentials such as pricing, fuel economy, and a solid warranty. And while all of those things are of the utmost importance, Chevrolet looks to add on to these factors by featuring a dash of style, comfort and solid handling to go with it all with the all-new 2013 Malibu Eco.
A Little Electricity
Chevrolet engineers managed to accelerate the launch of the new Malibu by six months by strategically launching the . . . → Read More: Driven: The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco